Jane Roy Brown, who grew up in Belfast and graduated from the city’s high school, has co-authored a new book, “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place,” published by the University Press of Mississippi.

The story of an iconic American writer and her garden, set against the extraordinary events of the early 20th century. “One Writer’s Garden,” which Brown wrote with Susan Haltom, is richly illustrated in color and black and white with images plucked from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogs and advertisements, as well as unique historic photographs. Color images by noted landscape photographer Langdon Clay capture the current garden through the seasons.

Even in her earliest short stories, the writer Eudora Welty (1909–2001) wove images of southern flora and gardens into her writing, yet few outside her personal circle knew that they originated in her own passionate connection to the home garden in Jackson, Miss., designed by her mother. Near the end of her life, Welty recounted her memories of the lost garden to Susan Haltom, a local garden designer, who helped bring it back. When Welty died, in 2001, a restoration of the garden was well underway — and with it, the untold story of the garden’s place in the writer’s artistic life.

Woven throughout this fascinating story are passages from Welty’s unpublished writing as well as excerpts from her personal letters. The authors also show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty’s mother’s generation, which in turn mirrored wider trends in American life — Progressive-era optimism, garden clubs, streetcar suburbs, civic beautification, plant introductions, conservation and garden writing.

Haltom is a garden designer and the preservation and maintenance coordinator of the Welty garden. Brown is a landscape historian and an award-winning travel and garden writer who focuses on historic gardens and landscapes. She has published in Horticulture, Preservation, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture and other publications. Brown lives in Massachusetts, but frequently returns to Belfast to visit her mother, former classmates and other friends.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.